Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota Sept. 3-9

The launch of a memoir at Bookstore1Sarasota, new art exhibitions, saying goodbye to the Players' longtime home, and more.

09/03/2020 By Kay Kipling

Rescue Mission

Pregnant Manatee Rescued On Siesta Key

The mother manatee—who had fresh boat strike wounds—gave birth to her calf today at SeaWorld Orlando, where she is being monitored around the clock.

05/12/2020 By Staff

Turtle Power

First Sea Turtle Nest of the Season Reported on Siesta Key

Now in its 39th year, all sea turtle monitoring is conducted with permission from local government to allow access to closed beaches.

04/20/2020 By Staff

Good News

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium Releases Loggerhead Turtle Into the Ocean

Chipi the turtle previously showed lethargy and neurologic issues likely due to red tide exposure.

03/26/2020 By Staff

Aquanauts to Astronauts

Mote Plans Livestream to Encourage African-Americans to Pursue STEM Careers

The partnership with The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum takes place Feb. 27.

02/13/2020 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 7 Things to Do: Sept. 5-11

Passerine at the Blue Rooster, $7 Saturdays at Mote Aquarium and more.

09/05/2019 By Ilene Denton

Red Tide

DeSantis Signs Bill to Mitigate Harmful Effects of Red Tide

A new initiative between Mote and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission will receive an annual appropriation of $3 million to "control and mitigate red tide and its impacts."

06/21/2019 By Staff

Grants

Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation Provides Five-Year Grant to Mote's Red Tide Institute

The $751,487 grant provides support for the director of the institute and its research programs.

04/04/2019 By Staff

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: Nov. 8-14

Sandcastles on Siesta Beach, the Medieval Fair continues and more.

11/08/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 4 Things to Do: Sept. 13-19

Van Wezel Friday Fest, $7 Saturdays at Mote and more.

09/13/2018 By Ilene Denton

First Aid

Mote and FIU Are Trying to Help Manatees Exposed to Toxic Red Tide

If successful, the treatment could be used to aid dolphins, turtles and birds, too.

09/06/2018 By Megan McDonald

Department of Bad Behavior

Eight Sea Turtle Nests Harmed on Siesta Key

An ATV or golf cart dislodged stakes marking existing nests and drove across a newly laid, unmarked nest.

06/26/2018 By Megan McDonald

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: May 10-16

The Sarasota Orchestra plays Ed Smith Stadium, Art Center Sarasota’s Beaux Arts Ball, Harvey Milk Festival and more.

05/10/2018 By Ilene Denton

Big Moves

Mote Moves to the Mainland

The exhibits will total more than 1 million gallons and will feature sharks, coral reefs, manatees, sea turtles, otters, seahorses, jellyfish and myriad other marine species.

02/09/2018 By Isaac Eger

Superbowl LII

Mote Manatees Predict the Winner of Super Bowl LII

The yearly tradition of manatees Buffett and Hugh picking the winner continues.

02/01/2018 With Ashley Cooper

Rescuing the Reefs

Pioneering Research at Mote Marine Laboratory May Save the World's Dying Coral

Scientists are fighting to save the Florida Reef Tract, the contiguous United States' only coral reef—and the third largest reef system in the world.

11/01/2017 By Tony D'Souza

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: Sept. 14-20

Friday Fest at the Van Wezel, the Sarasota Opera’s Taste of Downtown and more.

09/12/2017 By Ilene Denton

Irma

Updates on Selby Gardens, Mote and Historic Spanish Point After Hurricane Irma

The Sarasota area is slowly coming back to life after the wildest weekend we can remember. We checked in with three cultural institutions to see how they fared.

09/12/2017 By Ilene Denton

Lionfish Safari

This Weekend's Lionfish Derby Combines Hunting and Environmental Conservation

Mote is hosting a derby this weekend to help clean our reefs of this invasive species.

07/07/2017 By Rick Morgan

Don't be a Hammerhead

Mote's Shark Days: Get to Know Our Ocean's Misunderstood Predators

Mote's weeklong program of fun events seeks to educate the public and stress conservation efforts.

06/29/2017 By Rick Morgan